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Question: Ed Miliband took part in his first PMQT yesterday, since he became Leader of the Labour party. Ed faced criticism from a Tory MP who stated 'I would like to express my congratulations to the opposition for their choice of leader, even though he isn't on the frontbenches, because he didn't win' Similarly, Nick Clegg is on the Government Frontbenches, despite the fact his party received a minimal amount of votes. Clearly, in the case of the recent general election, there are huge failings in the FPTP system, but arguably there are also failings in the AV system, as seen in the Labour leadership contest. What do you think about the current voting system, and the alternatives to this system, and which system do you think would best uphold democracy in society?

Asked by sammiew91 on 14 Oct in the Categories: category.

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  • Photo: Joe LyonetteJoe Lyonette answered:

    What a great question, I’ve really had to put my thinking cap on for this one! I’ve had many conversations with my fellow councillors about this and opinion seems to be split, some argue strongly for FPTP whilst others believe that the AV system is much fairer overall. I believe that the AV system is probably a fairer system but the risk with it is that that in our country it could lead to a coalition government for ever more and the Lib Dems would be the ones that would benefit most. Countries such as Israel have used a form of the AV system for decades and it has led to chaos with the government having to rely on the support of some pretty militant groups for support. So for the moment I am inclined to stick with FPTP because it usually ends up in overall power for one party (I know it didn’t work this time). I think that having one party with overall power of government is always going to be stronger than a coalition.

  • Photo: Kate DaviesKate Davies answered:

    Unfortunately I can’t read the whole question.

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  • Photo: modsophmodsoph commented:

    Kate, you should definitely be able to read the whole question when you are answering it. If not then there may be some technical issue, please get in touch and we can look into it.

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